AThe second doubles title at the ATP World Tour level were won by Indiaas Divij Sharan and Purav Raja , securing the Los Kabos trophy with a tight win over Jonathan Erlich and Ken Skupski.
The summit clash of the USD 808,995 ATP 250 event 7-6 (4) 7-6(3) against the Israeli-British combo was won by the unseeded Indians, taking their first title of the 2016 season.
Their first title together in 2013 was won by them when they grabbed the Bogota (Colombia) trophy.
The one hour and 42-minute clash was a very close affair with only six points separating the two pairs, who broke each other twice in the contest.
His serve was dropped by Raja in the fourth game in the first set and consequently they trailed 2-5. However the Indians broke the rivals back in the ninth and took the opening set in the tie breaker.
The opponents were broken by Raja and Sharan early in the second game in the second set and went up 5-3. However they were broken again and the second set too was decided via tie breaker.
They had enjoyed a good run in the last few weeks on the ATP Tour, reaching the semifinals at Atlanta Open, Swiss Open and Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.
They split USD 38,940 and earned 250 ranking points each and are expected to move in the range of 69 and 73 in the ATP doubles rankings.
“Purav and I have been working together and it feels great that our efforts are finally paying off. We have had some good results over the last couple of months so we are obviously playing well. Some of the losses in the semis were really close. Happy that we came through this week. This win will definitely give us more confidence for the next set of tournaments,” Sharan said.